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Junior Wildcats go 2-1 at Dartmouth tournament


DARTMOUTH - The Kentville junior Wildcats baseball team went 2-1 at a weather-shortened tournament June 19-20 in Dartmouth.

The Wildcats won their opener 5-0 over Halifax, dropped a 13-2 decision to the Nova Scotia Youth Selects, then blanked an intermediate team from Spryfield 7-0.

In the opening game, Dryden Schofield pitched a complete-game shutout in the 5-0 win over Halifax, scattering seven hits. The Wildcats scored five times on four hits and four Halifax errors.

Grant Ruffinengo led the offence with a double and three RBI. Adam Gardner and Mitchell Bunker each had a single.

Wildcats’ coach Lyle Boylen described the second game as “ugly.” The Youth Selects scored early and often, putting the game away with a 10-run second.

Starter Keegan Gaskell “didn’t have his best stuff and was hit hard,” Boylen said, adding, “we could have supported him better.” Kentville was charged with five errors.

Boylen said Gaskell “needs to work to be effective,” and with the recent rainy weather, including during the tournament, “he hasn’t gotten enough.”

Christian Vogler finished the game, pitching a pair of scoreless innings before the game was called in the middle of the fifth inning on the 10-run rule.

For Kentville’s offence, Mike Boylen had two singles and one RBI. Justin Beach singled and drove in a run, and Bunker and Ethan Lycan-Lang each had a single.

In the third game against Spryfield, the Wildcats got a complete game shutout from Luke Muise. Bradley Fuller singled, double and tripled, while Ryan Kaulbach had three singles.

As of June 29, the Wildcats had not been able to play any league games since the tournament due to weather. The most recent league game was June 11, a 4-2 win over the Youth Selects. That victory improved Kentville’s regular season record to four wins, a loss and a tie.

  

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